The Assistant Director works as part of a team in the office of Alumni Engagement that manages programs and events, communication to, and volunteer support of, Bates alumni. The Assistant Director works collaboratively to create and implement a regionally based alumni engagement strategy, and is accountable for the creation and direction of programs, events, and volunteer pipelines that strengthen alumni regional networks and connections to Bates.
Create and execute an engagement and communications strategy focused on regional community building.
Recruit, train and steward regional volunteers. Lead communications efforts with this core volunteer group. Develop volunteer training programs and best practices to educate and support these leaders in achieving their goals, program, events, and communications.
Build strong relationships with alumni and volunteer leaders. Find meaningful ways to further engage these volunteers in the life of the Bates community
Coordinate with volunteers and Advancement Communications colleagues to execute accurate and smooth preparation of targeted communications. This includes pulling highly segmented data lists, reviewing copy for grammar and style, collaborating with team members to coordinate send dates, creating registration pages, and building and sending email campaigns.
Establish achievable and measurable regional alumni engagement goals.
Collaborate with Advancement colleagues to ensure success of key Advancement initiatives and programs, including signature programs of Back to Bates and Alumni Council meetings.
Related duties for other projects, as required.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Valid driver’s license required.
3+ years work experience in college advancement, development office or transferrable skills preferred.
Skills and Knowledge
Excellent communication (written, verbal, listening and presentation) skills.
Impeccable discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality.
Excellent customer service skills with the ability to remain composed, friendly, and demonstrate poise under stress while working in a deadline driven environment.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; high level of accuracy; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision. Demonstrates initiative.
Ability to manage multiple projects at once in a deadline driven, goal oriented, fast-paced environment.
Impeccable organizational skills and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
Strong analytical skills and experience working with complex data sets.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
Keen attention to detail necessary for successful documentation, planning, and execution.
Proficiency in data management systems, mail merges, statistics and basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
Creative, flexible and a sense of humor.
Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train, or bus) domestically as needed.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings, and other non-traditional schedules.
Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
Develops a thorough knowledge of Bates history, academic, extracurricular and athletic programs, and its faculty, students and administration.
Maintains a thorough understanding of the college’s priorities and initiatives of the faculty and administration.
Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse community.
Benefits: Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 13 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug and smoke-free workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
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Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.